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No planned attack during Obama’s visit to Kenya, says MRC

15 July 2015, 22:11 John Kioko

Mombasa - The Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) has dismissed claims that it is planning attacks at the Coast region during US President, Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya.

Omar Goga, the group's national organizing secretary remarked: “We have no information about the alleged planned attack in the coast region.”

Speaking in Kwale on Wednesday, Goga said that Obama's visit to Kenya is not in their agenda and so the government should not use them as scapegoat for insecurity.

“We are shocked by the national government's claims. The government always blame MRC whenever they fail to protect the citizens," he said.

Goga said some people with selfish interests are tarnishing MRC's name.

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“We will remain peaceful because everyone knows our existence and what we have been agitating for. We have nothing to hide,” he said.

He said that the government should do their investigation well and nab those causing fear amongst citizens.

“If we ... needed Obama's attention, we would do it openly because we want the world to know but we have no plans to get his attention at all," he added.

Goga also dismissed rumours that Obama is expected to give them a flag saying those spreading the propaganda have bad intentions.

“There is a lot of propaganda. Some of it is  being spread by the government itself but we have told our members to remain calm and listen to their leaders,” he added.

He was reacting to a story carried by a local daily today quoting NIS and claiming that the secessionist group is adopting a new name to remain relevant, as well as planning to seek attention during the Obama visit.

MRC has for almost five years staged intermittent attacks in Mombasa as it demanded secession, claiming that the national government had neglected the region as local residents continue to experience historical injustices.

According to Intelligence reports, MRC supporters plan to stage an attack on the security organs during Obama’s visit to capture his attention in the fight for “Coast self-rule”.

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